Duration
Full-time: Varies
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2017 Late Year Term – 1 December
2018 Semester One – 26 February
Available locations
Grafton, Tāmaki
Points
120 or 240
Programme type
Postgraduate
Taught & research options available

Programme overview

If you are interested in a career where you can contribute to areas such as health services, health systems, clinical practice and research, the Master of Health Sciences is the ideal programme for you.

The MHSc equips you to take on leadership roles in the delivery of health services, systems or research.

As well as the opportunity to undertake research in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, you may also undertake this programme at the University’s Liggins Institute.

Programme structure

You can choose between a Taught (120 and 240 points) and a Research Masters (120 and 240 points). If you have completed an undergraduate degree then you would normally enter a 240-point programme. If you have already completed a 120-point postgraduate qualification then you may be able to enter a 120-point programme.

Taught masters (120 points)

Or

Applied Research project (60 points) and

Advanced level courses listed in the Master of Health Sciences Schedule (60 points).

Taught masters (240 points)

or

  • Applied Research project (60 points) and

Advanced level courses outlined in the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences Schedule (120 points) and

Advanced level courses listed in the Master of Health Sciences Schedule (60 points).

 

Research Masters (120 points)

  • Thesis (120 points)

Or

  • Research Portfolio (120 points)

or

Or

Research masters (240 points)

Or

or

Subjects available in this programme

2018 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences

  • Study option
    Taught 240 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    An undergraduate degree

  • Study option
    Research 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences

  • Study option
    Research 240 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    An undergraduate degree

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (or an equivalent qualification such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health) with a GPA of 5.0 or higher.

You need to have completed a relevant undergraduate degree, such as a degree in dentistry, health sciences, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology, public health, optometry science, social sciences for public health, or social work.

You will need a GPA of 5.0 in your final year of study.

You must have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (or an equivalent qualification such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health) with a GPA of 5.0 or higher.

You also need to have a supervisor and topic confirmed.

For the Addiction and Mental Health specialisation, you need to have at least two years’ relevant work experience in a health agency that delivers care to clients with mental health and/or addiction problems.

You need to have completed a relevant undergraduate degree, such as a degree in dentistry, health sciences, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology, public health, optometry science, social sciences for public health, or social work.

You will need a GPA of 5.0 in your final year of study.

For the Addiction and Mental Health specialisation, you also need to have at least two years’ relevant work experience in a health agency that delivers care to clients with mental health and/or addiction problems.

For the Nutrition and Dietetics specialisation you must have completed a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition, including BIOSCI 358, MEDSCI 301, 312, 315, and POPLHLTH 305.  

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    One year of postgraduate study

  • Study option
    Taught 240 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    An undergraduate degree

  • Study option
    Research 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    One year of postgraduate study

  • Study option
    Research 240 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    An undergraduate degree

  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5
    • No bands less than 6.0
    • Nutrition and Dietetics specialisation has a higher requirement

    See alternative English language requirements

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You need to have completed one year of postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree, in health sciences or public health with a GPE of 5.0.

Your study must have been at a recognised university (or similar institution).

You need to have completed a relevant undergraduate degree, such as a degree in dentistry, health sciences, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology, public health, optometry science, social sciences for public health, or social work.

Your study must have been at a recognised university (or similar institution) and you will need a GPE of 5.0.

You need to have completed one year of postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree, in health sciences or public health with a GPE of 5.0.

Your study must have been at a recognised university (or similar institution).

You also need to have a supervisor and topic confirmed.

For the Addiction and Mental Health specialisation, you need to have at least two years’ relevant work experience in a health agency that delivers care to clients with mental health and/or addiction problems.

You need to have completed a relevant undergraduate degree, such as a degree in dentistry, health sciences, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology, public health, optometry science, social sciences for public health, or social work.

Your study must have been at a recognised university (or similar institution) and you will need a GPE of 5.0.

For the Addiction and Mental Health specialisation, you also need to have at least two years’ relevant work experience in a health agency that delivers care to clients with mental health and/or addiction problems.

For the Nutrition and Dietetics specialisation you need to have:

  • an undergraduate degree in science, majoring in food science and nutrition (or a similar degree in a food science or nutrition-related field). Your undergraduate degree must have included courses in nutritional science, molecular basis of disease and endocrinology.  
  • IELTS Academic: 7.5, no bands less than 7.0.

How much does a Master of Health Sciences cost per year?

2018 fees

Domestic students
NZ$8,364 – $9,092.40*
International students
NZ$42,606*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2018 fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.78 per point, estimated at $813.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Scholarships and awards

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Student loans and allowances

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Cost of living

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Key dates

Please note: application closing date for Nutrition and Dietetics major is 1 October 2017.

1 December start available for 120-point research masters only, subject to supervisor availability.

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
8 December 2017

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

Where could this programme take you?

The MHSc will provide you with specialist skills that will open up opportunities into specific healthcare occupations. Most graduates will continue to work in their health professions, but the MHSc will enable them to pursue leadership in those areas.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Consultancy and advisory
  • Health educator
  • Health promotion
  • Health services manager
  • Quality assurance
  • Research

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